If you have ever looked at some plain knitted fabric and thought “this needs livening up”, look no further than Embroidery On Knitting. After a brief introduction with some tips on choosing appropriate yarn to embroider with and some tips for the best types of knitted fabric to embroider on, the book takes off into 18 different types of stitches and how you can use them on your knitting.
Stitches covered range from the very basic – running stitch, French knots, back stitch – on through to more complex stitches such as Turkey work and corded single Brussels stitch. However, there is not a huge amount of direction on the stitches. Each chapter starts off with a pretty basic instruction on the stitch, followed by pages and pages of examples of what you can do with that stitch. The swatches start out pretty basic:
And progress to more and more complex
The author, Britt-Marie Christoffersson, also wrote Pop Knitting, which is also about thinking outside the box with your knitted fabrics. If you would like to try out a little extra embellishment on your knitted items, this is a great book for extravagant inspiration and basic technical information. And for non-knitters, you can do this on plain store-bought sweaters too!